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BENJAMIN L. RACKLIFFE, second from right, an attorney at Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC, speaks during a panel discussion at Providence Business News' Business of Cannabis Summit on Wednesday in Providence. Also on the panel was, from left, Karyn Rhodes, of Complete HR Solutions; Mitzi Hollenbeck, of Citrin Cooperman; and Kristyn Glennon of BayCoast Bank. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

PBN cannabis summit: Legalized recreational pot is only matter of time...

PROVIDENCE – It’s not a matter of whether recreational marijuana will be legalized in Rhode Island, it's a matter of when. That conclusion emerged from...
MEDICINAL USE: Lead grower Elizabeth Keyser explains growing medical marijuana plants with special lighting during a tour of the Curaleaf medical cannabis cultivation and processing facility in Ravena, N.Y., in August. / AP FILE PHOTO/HANS PENNINK

Some Northeast states brace for battle over pot

A year ago, marijuana legalization looked like it was on a roll in the Northeast – it had already passed in three of the...

New Bedford City Council amends host agreement to allow sale of...

NEW BEDFORD – The City Council voted, 10-1, to approve an amendment to Beacon Compassion Inc.’s existing Host Community Agreement for medical marijuana that...
GOV GINA M. Raimondo has introduced a $10.2 billion budget proposal. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ DAVE HANSEN.

Raimondo proposes real estate tax, state-run recreational marijuana sales in $10.2B...

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo on Thursday released a $10.2 billion budget proposal that would bolster affordable and workforce housing creation through a...

What is the No. 1 issue state lawmakers need to address...

State lawmakers are mandated each year to pass a balanced budget. Beyond that, which this year requires filling a fiscal 2021 budget hole that...
MASSACHUSETTS recreational marijuana shops posted more than $20 million in sales in 2019, according to the state. / AP FILE PHOTO/JULIO CORTEZ

Mass. marijuana shops report $420M in sales in 2019

BOSTON (AP) – Recreational marijuana shops in Massachusetts raked in more than $420 million in sales in the first full calendar year of legalization,...

High-driving arrests rise in Vermont, but there’s nuance in the numbers

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – In the first year that recreational marijuana was legal in Vermont, the number of drivers arrested by state police for...

R.I. can profit from marijuana debate

Short of an economic downturn, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s plan to again propose legalizing recreational marijuana use for adults appears dead on arrival in...

Raimondo planning to introduce recreational marijuana proposal, despite opposition

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo said she still plans to introduce a proposal in January that would legalize and regulate recreational marijuana and...
JASIEL F. CORREIA II, the mayor of Fall River, is facing new government allegations of extortion related to the granting process of marijuana dispensaries in Fall River, among other crimes. / COURTESY FALL RIVER

Fall River’s Correia now faces charges of extortion of marijuana dispensaries

FALL RIVER – Fall River Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II has been charged with a slew of new allegations from federal prosecutors that claim...

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